Did you hear that PSP hacking has been on the BBC!
"Three teams unlock the PSP"
The BBC interviewed Fanjita (David Court) who is on this forum! :ROFL: and Dark_Alex.
Fanjita makes a good talk on how he is just doing this to jet the most out of his PSP he paid good money for. NOT to run pirated games.
"Sony have never been in touch with me, so I am confident that what we are doing is legal"
Fanjita (David Court)
"My aim is to enable as many people as possible to run homebrew programs," said Fanjita. I agree with him. He talks about someone who made a SatNav for the PSP a year before Sony did thanks to homebrew.
I totally agree with Fanjita.
Dark Alex, PSP "fits much more comfortably into the mould".
"A student from Spain, his moniker derives from his real name, Alejandro, and a liking for all things gothic, he says. His interests are Japanese Manga comics and cats, but PSP hacking is his main hobby".
Dark Alex told the BBC, "It takes up a good part of my spare time, more or less what some other people may spend watching TV".
"I mainly do it because it is fun to research the internals of the operating system of a machine made by a big company. I am also against DRM (digital rights management - a type of electronic copy protection) in any of its forms, and against restrictions that make a device unable to show its true potential."
Breaking the code
Whenever Sony releases a new version of its PSP firmware, the three teams compete to see who can decode and examine it first.
They then collaborate to see if they can find any way of unlocking it.
This task has been made harder in recent months as Sony has introduced a new and more secure motherboard in the latest PSPs, and because Sony's firmware has become increasingly sophisticated in response to the s' efforts.
"When each new version of the PSP firmware comes out we can see that Sony are putting in countermeasures against the things we have been doing," Court said.
In this case it turned out that a well known mistake in the way a PSP game called Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories was written provided the s with a suitable "exploit".
By loading the game it was possible to get access to a restricted part of the firmware called the kernel, and an oversight on the part of Sony's firmware writers then allowed the s to run a special program of their own devising.
To read more click here.
To listen to Fanjita on the BBC click here.